Jan 18, 2010 6:00am EST
members of hamid karzai's cabinet were about to be sworn in. >>> and the man who shot pope john paul ii was released this morning, taken to a military facility. he served 19 years in an italian prison for a 1981 attack. he was extradited to turkey where he served ten years. >>> they lived through tuesday's earthquake. now hungry, thirsty and desperate, the people of haiti are doing whatever they can to survive. >> for tens of thousands of people, that means crowding into tents and tarps. soledad o'brien takes us inside one of these tent cities. >> reporter: there was enough water in one of the makeshift camps to give some of the children a shower. there was a little food. a makeshift clinic. they even picked up the garbage. but many of the tens of thousands of haitians displaced by the earthquake have no house to go back to, and no new place to go. they live beneath recovered sheets and blankets in the grass and concrete. these hot and dirty encampments that have sprung up in parks and plazas are now their homes. >> the people of haiti need the help quickly. quickly. >> reporter: it'
Jan 26, 2010 6:00am EST
hamid karzai says that the u.s. and europe are warming up to the idea of talking with taliban fighters. the goal? convincing them to stop fighting and to rejoin afghan society. for more on this, let's bring in atia abawi, this has critics and p proponents. what's the latest? >> reporter: absolutely. this isn't anything new when it comes to the afghan government. president karzai himself has been pushing for it for the last several years. he has a reconciliation department where they've been reaching out to various members of the taliban and different insurgency groups throughout the country. i actually spoke to two former taliban fighters and government officials during the taliban regime, and they say the reason that they're coming to the side of the afghan government is because they want the fighting to stop. they want peace in afghanistan. but we also have to look back altogether last monday, the attacks that we saw here in the capital city, it was just going on for hours on end. gunfire, explosions, that was caused by the taliban. and their message to us was the mere fact they had
Jan 27, 2010 6:00am EST
watch is whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower level taliban which will chip away at the power at the taliban and help support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal, the top military commander, when asked if the taliban could play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target? the marjah area, yet another taliban strong hold. and in north waziristan, bad new pz p the pakistani military has told the u.s. it's delayed further combat operations here. that will give unsurge ents more time to consolidate and possibly launch new attacks into afghanistan. u.s. military intelligence calculates the taliban now have shadow governments in 33 of 34 provinces, raising q
Jan 1, 2010 6:00am EST
. this is a push from president barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the na